Friday, October 16, 2009

Port of Vancouver, Wash., selects local firm for rail loop

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Washington state’s Port of Vancouver has identified localcontractor Rotschy Inc. as the low bidder for constructing a 7.3-mil rail loop at Terminal 5, designed to expand the inland port’s intermodal capacity. Rotschy outbid four other competitors with a low bid of $15.26 million, portofficials said.

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The rail loop is part of the $137 million West Vancouver Freight Access project, which will encircle 1.8 miles of the port's new Terminal 5 on the former Alcoa-Evergreen aluminum site. The contract includes grading and excavation work as well as construction of the rail line and electrical work.

The port commission expects to formally award the contract to Rotschy at its Oct. 27 meeting. Work is to begin next month, with completion by June 18, 2010.

All five bids came in above the port's budgeted project cost of $14.6 million due to the addition of three optional items that weren't included in the original estimate, said Julianna Marler, senior contract manager for the port. The port will likely remove one or two of the options, which include additional lighting and an extra track, to fit within the budget, Marler said.

"It'll be a larger contract for our company," said Dan Korpela, senior estimator for Rotschy Inc., which employs about 100 workers. "Our schedule going into winter for our grading crews is empty and to get this project will keep a lot people working for the winter."